October 30, 2012 by Devin
In one of the strangest stories from this year so far, Disney has bought Lucasfilm. Which, presumably, means that Disney will be working on Star Wars films, TV shows, merchandising, etc. According to Lucas himself, “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”
What does this mean for future Star Wars movies? I frankly have no idea. I’m still in shock from this announcement. Episode 7 (!) is supposed to be released in 2015. What will it be about? Not sure at all. Does Luke have a son who grows up to be a Sith ruler of the galaxy, who then has a son that comes back and has to turn him back to the light side of the force in order to bring balance to the galaxy? Probably not.
However, I do see some potential consequences in other areas. Currently, there is an incredibly successful, commercially and critically, Star Wars show on Cartoon Network. Does this purchase mean that this show might go the way of Spectacular Spider-Man and be cancelled due to shifting rights?* Hopefully not, but copyright laws are tricky. In addition, due to Lucas stepping down to a creative consultant, will we see the original cuts of Star Wars finally released in Blu-Ray without any unnecessary effects? Will the quality of Star Wars releases spike up dramatically? Perhaps, but nothing is for sure.
I know that this story will be news for much longer to come, but I’m curious; what do you think? Do you have any predictions for how this will turn out? Any idea what Episode 7 will be? Comment below and let me know.